Report 5/1/17

Benalla Bait & Tackle
191 Bridge St
Benalla, Victoria
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Nicole Penfold
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Report 5/1/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Jan 13, 2017 4:59 pm

The fishing has been very consistent around the north east, let's hope it continues!

Lake Eildon:
78.40% down 0.38% this week.
Fishing: 7.5/10.
The cod fishing has been very good over the festive season with a lot of big cod caught on the cast and troll. For the trollers spinnerbaits, ac invaders, predateks and codgers have been working well. Colours have been different across the board but orange/green, pink/purple and red/black/white have been consistent. Most anglers are trolling 14-25 ft of water depending on which lures they are running. The casters running big spinnerbaits and soft plastics like the storm range have caught some 80-120cm fish recently. Patience is required as you are only really targeting fish that are 75cm+ but well worth it.
Both the Delatite and the goughs side of the lake have produced good fishing. The yellas are patchy at the moment with a few being caught on yabbies amongst the tree's and off the bank. Trolling 50mm ac invaders and halco crazy deeps have been the best lures. A lot of small reddies have been getting caught casting plastics and blades in the bays also. Haven't heard to much on if they are schooling in trees or not.

Lake Nillahcootie:
97.12% down 0.21% this week.
Fishing: 7/10.
Nillahcootie has been a bit of hit and miss at the moment. The lake has received a lot of pressure over the last few weeks and that has made it a bit harder to fish. Early mornings seem to be the best time to fish and trolling has been ok. Codgers, stumpy's and oar-gees have all been good with pink/purple, red/black, orange and gold have been consistent colours. Bait fishing has been ok for the bank anglers with worms and yabbies. Amongst th trees a few yellas have been picked up using the same bait.

Lake Hume:
91.54% up 0.15% this week.
Fishing: 8/10.
If you want to just catch a fish Hume is the go. There are plentiful amounts of Redfin being caught trolling and off the bank. For the trollers any lure that dives at least 4m and is between 40-55mm long. Red, silver and gold have all been good colours. Iv had reports on fish being caught up around the bowna arm, Huon and up to tallangatta. Hopping tree to tree with shrimp and worms has also been very good, once you find the tree that's holding fish. The yella fishing has been ok with the yellas being picked up while chasing reddies and vice versa. Yabbies are a better bait at the moment for them.

94.47% down 5.05% this week.
Fishing: 7.5/10.
Mulwala has been as busy as usual but most anglers are catching a cod. Flicking spinnerbaits in the shallows has been very productive. Darker colours like purple, black and green have been good spinnerbait colours. The trollers haven't been as consistent as the casters, maybe due to boat traffic and not being able to fish the river beds.hhe Harro clip and catch is a great addition to a hardbody with a few locals having more success with it on their lure. The bait fishing has been ok with yabbies and Bardi's the best bait. Don't be afraid to bait fish in 1-2m of water either as a few bigger fish have been caught this way. Surface fishing is getting better and better with big wake baits tempting a few bigger specimens early and late in the day. The codger surface lure and jackall pompadour has also claimed fish.

Lake Dartmouth:
77.91% up 0.28% this week.
Fishing: 6/10.
The dedicated trout fishos have had some pretty good success recently at dart. Most of the fish have been caught using downriggers in 40-60ft of water. Orange is the stand out colour with white, brown and silver catching fish on their days. Right up in he arms and feeder creeks have been good for the anglers wanting to have a cast. Fish arrows, rapalas in spotted dog and Bullet lures in brown and gudgeon colours a great starting point.

If you get a calm day waranga basin has been pretty good on the reddies, still a lot of small fish on the troll but a few better fish 35cm + are getting caught. Austackle sakanas, 40 and 45mm ac invaders, rmg's and tilsans have all been good options. Red is always the go with orange/green and perchy patters also working well. The casters are catching some better fish on strike pro blades, specially the orange/red colour. Flicking a plastic with a Beatle spin attached has tempted the bigger fish. Drifting has been ok with small yabbies, shrimp and worms all working but the bigger fish are taking a liking to the yabbies. Harrimans area has been a good starting point and around towards the caravan park.

Have a great weekend when it comes around and I hope you are all catching fish!


Benalla Bait & Tackle
191 Bridge St
Benalla, Victoria
Ph: (03) 5762 3704
Top right: Jan with a 102cm cod caught at eildon this week.
Top middle: Troy with a yella caught on the troll.
Top right: Stevo with a 55cm brown caught trolling at dartmouth.
Middle left: Brigga with a solid cod caught casting a gangster spinnerbait.
Middle right: Tyler with a beautiful coloured cod caught fishing in the ovens.
Bottom right: Myself with a cod on the cast.
Bottom middle: Al Jacka with a 61cm specimen caught on a red/black spinnerbait.
Bottom right: Tom with his first cod ever on the cast.

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